Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
Does anyone know what would need to be done to a conservatory in order for it to become habitable space?
When Hammersmith and Fulham Council granted my HMO license, they said that the house would have to have a room dedicated for use as “tenant lounge” by 2018. They said that they’ve found fewer social problems in houses with lounges.
They also said that my conservatory wouldn’t count as a lounge, which I can understand as it is energy inefficient.
I don’t want to lose a bedroom to make a lounge, so I’d rather do a proper job on the conservatory and make that a lounge instead. Trouble is, I can’t find anyone (including the Council) who can specify in advance what constitutes a lounge?
Separately, can I just say what a daft policy this is? It’s just going to reduce the supply of affordable rooms available in London, in common with seemingly every other piece of legislation that’s coming out these days. Generally I’ve no complaints about H&F Council, but this seems a daft policy to me.
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